It's a rite of passage for California 4th graders: The California Mission project. Now that the Blogger Kid is in 4th grade, we're in the middle of it as we speak. As the Kid is busy working on his project (Assignment: San Luis Obispo's mission), we recently visited the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel to tour the grounds and attend Palm Sunday mass. According to Wikipedia:
The settlement was founded by Spaniards of the Franciscan order on "The Feast of the Birth of Mary," September 8, 1771, as the fourth of what would become 21 Spanish missions in California. San Gabriel Arcángel, named after the Archangel Gabriel and often referred to as the "Godmother of the Pueblo of Los Angeles", was designed by Father Antonio Cruzado, who hailed from Córdoba, Spain. Cruzado gave the building its strong Moorish architectural influence. The capped buttresses and the tall, narrow windows are unique among the missions of the California chain.
Here are more images from our visit to the San Gabriel Mission:
Inside the Mission, after Sunday mass
More from inside the Mission
Closer up to the altar
The foundation of the San Gabriel Mission was first layed in 1791 and dedicated in 1805.
Father Junipero Serra
Original aqueduct, how water got to the mission
Cemetery, used for burials between 1778 and 1865.
Original tannery vats
Re-creation of Tongva housing